NAEP Gains: Experts Mull Significance
Some think progress should be greater, given investment.
For some, the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress released this week show that the sustained local, state, and federal efforts to improve instruction in reading and mathematics are paying off.
Others offer a more sobering appraisal, suggesting the gains are meager, given the significant investment of time and money in those subjects. And some say it is still too early to tell if the latest gains in reading will turn into a steady upward trend, as has occurred in mathematics.
“Moving [these] scores is like turning the proverbial ocean liner. It goes slow,” said David W. Grissmer, principal scientist at the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University...
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